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10 high-profile feuds involving Bounty Killer

Cross, angry, miserable. The words so synonymous with legendary deejay, Bounty Killer, making him one of the most feared and respected Dancehall artists of all time. Uncompromising with his lyrical approach and never afraid of a challenge, the Alliance leader won his share of fans and detractors throughout his two-decade long career, only adding to his increasingly polarizing character.

Now embedded in an ongoing feud with former protégé, Mavado, Bounty is once again living up to his moniker as the Warlord, a moniker which gained more credibility as he has engaged in spats with rival artists, former friends, collaborators and mentors. Here are 10 high-profile feuds involving the ‘Grung Gaad’ throughout his distinguished career:

SupercatSupercat – This feud is largely forgotten in the annals of Dancehall history, but at the time, it was big. It all started in 1994 when, after Bounty recorded a single dubbed, Riding West, Supercat, also known as the Wild Apache, took offense to a lyric in the song referencing Indians. Supercat recorded the diss track, Scalp Him to which Bounty counteracted with Ancient Days Killings before the hostilities seemingly died down.

That tension would be resurrected at the 1996 edition of Reggae Sunsplash in which the Don Dada threatened to knock Bounty’s teeth out, leading to the ‘Grung Gaad’ replying on stage, calling him ‘old furniture,’ among other things. After years of cease fire and an apparent resolution through a phone conversation, Supercat revived the hostilities at the Sashi stage show in 2002, when he again threatened Bounty on stage and later told the Jamaica Gleaner, “He has no manners. I hear say him going around calling up mi name. I have never met the guy. I know Beenie Man, but I have never seen Bounty Killer in person. Him need to leave me name alone.”

In an open letter he wrote addressing the 2002 incident, Bounty squashed the beef, saying he always had respect for Supercat and believed he used Sashi as an opportunity to get old feelings off his chest. Since then, things have cooled off, but it would have been interesting to see two of the greatest clash artists of all time settled their differences at STING and provide the show with another memorable moment.


Bounty Killer Mr. LexxMr. Lexx – Since Mr. Lexx burst onto the scene in the year 2000 with songs like Cook and Full Hundred, he and Bounty Killer just plain didn’t like each other and that feeling has stayed mutual to this day. Lexx has long claimed that their issues have been based on Bounty’s jealousy of him and that he never truly respected him as an artist or deejay.

The two have made their feeling towards each other clear in the media, with Lexx accusing Bounty of everything from failing to capitalize on international opportunities to trying to prevent his music from being played. The latter triggered a big Twitter war in March of 2011, with Lexx saying Bounty and Elephant Man asked selectors not to play his song, Clean. Bounty vehemently denied these accusations, lashing out at Lexx by telling him to ‘bury his tongue,’ among other things.

The two also crossed paths during that infamous fight at Weddy Weddy Wednesdays in 2005 between Lexx and then Alliance selector, Foota Hype, when Bounty called out Lexx after he started the fight, saying ‘I hope him can defend it.’

Safe to say these two won’t be signing ‘Kumbaya my Lord’ with each other anytime soon.


Cham and Bounty KillerCham – The first real case of a fallout between Bounty Killer and one of his protégés happened at the start of the millennium when he and Cham (then Baby Cham) fell out after Cham’s ascent to the mainstream in the late 90s. Much like his feud with Mavado, this one was based on respect, with Bounty often questioning Cham’s loyalty and even accusing him of being too Americanized after scoring his share of international collaborations with Foxy Brown and others.

The two seemingly made amends in 2005 after performing together at a Hot Mondays anniversary show. However, Bounty was insistent that the collaboration was not a rekindling of their former friendship. Six year later though, and the two would join forces on the Dave Kelly-produced single, Stronger, which also featured Mykal Rose. Since then, the two have performed together on numerous occasions and seem to be on good terms again.


Mr. Vegas and Bounty KillerMr. Vegas – This beef has long appeared to be based more on silliness than actual ill will, but it certainly deserves a mention given the recent flare-ups between the ‘Warlord’ and Vegas.

The feud dates back to the year 2000, when Vegas took lyrical aim at Bounty during his performance of the song Hard at STING. An upset Bounty lashed out at Vegas, saying he had never called his name and vowed to verbally decimate the singjay.

Since then, Bounty has often taken pop shots at Vegas over his sexuality, often calling him ‘Gaygas’ due to his perceived ‘pretty boy image, while Vegas accused Bounty of everything from preventing producers from recording him on certain rhythms to just being bitter.

After seemingly putting their differences aside, the bad feelings between the two reared their ugly heads last year when the two had a Twitter war after Bounty ridiculed a 70s outfit Vegas wore on a Jamaican music show. After Bounty again questioned his sexuality, Vegas shot back, questioning Bounty’s earnings and asking what hit songs he made in recent memory. Vegas added fuel to the fire days later, claiming his involvement with one of Bounty’s ex-girlfriends left the ‘Grung Gaad’ fuming. He even challenged Bounty to a clash at last year’s STING and recorded the diss song, Bury Him Fuss.

The feud had died down somewhat, but given the history between these two, you can bet it will start up again somehow.


Bounty Killer and Gwen StefaniNo Doubt – Unlike the other feuds on this list, this one never took any personal overtones, but it still caused a stir nearly a year after Bounty and American rock band, No Doubt collaborated on the Grammy-winning hit, Hey Baby. The song garnered Bounty one of his biggest hits to date as well as regular international exposure, even performing the song at Super Bowl in New Orleans in 2002.

However, things got sticky when Bounty was sued by the group over royalties and mechanical rights to the song, according to the Jamaica Gleaner and was also excluded from performing the song with the group at various American award shows, to Bounty’s chagrin.

The matter was settled out of court and Bounty later said he would be willing to join forces with the group again if asked, which has yet to happen.




Bounty Killer vs MavadoMavado – Bounty’s current feud with his musical son, Mavado has the potential to be one of the more volatile disagreements in recent memory, especially given the premise on which it was established.

Things between the former friends took a turn for the worse following a fatal shooting outside Bounty Killer’s birthday party at the QUAD nightclub in June 2011, claiming the life of Mavado’s close friend, Conroy Edwards. Following the incident, Bounty was said to be upset that the incident mashed up his celebration and when news of Edwards’ passing came out, Bounty did not offer condolences to his former protégé for the loss of his friend.

This made for increased tension between the two parties, with Mavado’s cousin and rapper, Chase Cross engaging in a short lyrical beef with Bounty.

As both artists have confirmed in interviews, they have had few exchanges with each other since, but remained cordial. However, Bounty took their issues to another level when he released the diss song, Death Work in May, calling Mavado a ‘rapper groupie’ since moving to We The Best Music Group while questioning his loyalty to the Alliance. Mavado recently responded in a CVM OnStage interview, joking questioning of Bounty was mixing ‘Hennessey with crack’ while saying Bounty never publicly showed him respect despite defending him so often.

With heavy personal overtones, you would imagine this beef has only just started, and could turn into an all-out Alliance vs. Gullyside war if the tension increases. To be continued.


MercilessMerciless – One of the most personal and longest-lasting feuds on this list, Bounty Killer’s issues with Merciless dates back to the mid-90s, when Merciless debuted and had a sound very similar to Killer.

Initially, Merciless hailed Bounty as someone he looked up to and the two even performed together. But relations between the two slowly deteriorated after allegations Merciless stole Bounty’s melodies and really escalated when he recorded the song, Mr. Houdini, which Bounty took as containing subliminal disses.

Soon thereafter, the lyrical war was ignited and appeared to be coming to a head at STING 97 when it was thought Bounty and Merciless would clash. But when Bounty tried to enter the stage, he was cordoned off by police and show organizers, who said they were not paid for a clash. When Bounty finally reached the stage, Merciless was long gone, bringing an anti-climax to the anticipated showdown.

Peace was restored in 1998, with the two having a friendly lyrical clash at Merciless’ birthday party. But the two butted heads again at STING 2000 after Merciless lyrically eviscerated Bounty’s musical father (more on him in a bit), Ninja Man, leading Bounty Killer to jump on stage and defend him. The following year, Bounty got the upper hand on the ‘Warhead’ at STING 2001, another clash that involved Ninja Man. The two clashed many more times over the next three years and intermittently for the rest of the decade but have not crossed paths since.


Bounty Killer vs. Ninja ManNinja Man – If there is one man in Dancehall Bounty Killer respects more than anyone else, it’s Ninja Man. An idol who supported and advised him since his early days in the business, the ‘Don Gorgon’ was a father figure to Bounty and was someone he respected and would defend to no end, particular at the aforementioned STING 2000 and STING 2001 clashes with Merciless.

However, there would be times the two would throw take small jabs at each other, jabs which had a bit more power attached to them following STING 2003 and the brawl between Ninja and Bounty’s then protégé, Vybz Kartel. Ninja Man blamed Bounty for the incident and famously took a roll of Bounty tissue paper, throwing it to the ground and stamping all over it, accusing him of selling out. The Alliance leader responded, saying he long wasted his chance to be a mainstream success after two decades in the business.

The two would continue to call each other out in the media, but would come to their senses and have performed together a few times. In a 2013 interview, Bounty Killer hailed Ninja Man, saying he continues to follow Ninja’s lineage and will always respect him for paving the way for himself and other deejays.


Beenie Man vs. Bounty KillerBeenie Man – It’s December 1993, Jamworld, Portmore, the setting for arguably the greatest clash in STING history between the two hottest deejays in the game, Bounty Killer and Beenie Man. This feud was based strictly on one deejay trying to prove to another who was better and that night, Bounty came out on top lyrically, but both artists raised their profiles and earned universal respect for their crafts.

This battle has been on again, off again ever since, flaring up again in the early 2000s when the two recorded stinging disses on the Skatta Burrell-produced Martial Arts Riddim. It then got personal after Beenie dated and went on to marry fellow recording artist, D’Angel, who happened to be Bounty’s ex-girlfriend. Diss songs such as Bulletproof Skin and Bulletproof Vest were exchanged and the two would continue to trade insults throughout the rest of the decade.

Seemingly, the two put aside their differences after performing on stage together in 2010 and 2011. But by the spring of 2011, the two were at it again and tension escalated after Beenie and D’Angel announced their divorce, with Bounty claiming that the two never truly loved each other.

After Beenie Man apparently tried to make a truce with the LGBT community after gay rights groups protested his shows for years due to alleged violent lyrics against homosexuals, Bounty chastised him, leading to more words being exchanged. Now, things have quietened down, but given the history of these frenemies, arguments are sure to start again between the two.


Vybz Kartel and Bounty KillerVybz Kartel – The most personal and hard-hitting of feuds, however, has to be Bounty’s feud with arguably his most talented protégé, Vybz Kartel.

Since being introduced by Killer on stage for the first time in 2000, Kartel was perceived as Bounty’s heir, making just as quick an impact on the Dancehall scene as Bounty did in the 90s with hits like Sweet To The Belly, Tek, Buss It Off, Picture This and many more.

But by 2006, things soured, with one of the tipping points being Kartel’s collaboration with the aforementioned D’Angel during the height of Beenie’s feud with Bounty. When Kartel began engaging in his high-profile feud with Mavado, lyrical shot after lyrical shot was fired by ‘Di Teacha’ at his former tutor while claiming in interviews that he wrote a litany of songs for Killer during his time with the Alliance.

The two exchanged strong disses against each other in 2009 and it was thought by most in Dancehall circles that a ‘father vs. son’ clash was a certainty for STING. However, after Mavado and Kartel publicly settled their feud in December of that year, the clash never happened.

Since the turn of the decade, Bounty became very vocal about Kartel’s bleaching and alleged demonic practices while Kartel continued to claim that Bounty was past his prime and not worth his time. Bounty later claimed in an interview that his feelings towards ex-protégé came from a place of hurt rather than hatred due to being upset about Kartel’s departure from the group.

The feud now is essentially on ice given Kartel’s murder conviction, but there are sure to be lingering feelings given that they never settled their issues. Whether they will ever get a chance to resolve those issues, however, is another story.

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Tessanne Year In Review

876-411 (Episode 4) – Year In Review Show

Tessanne Year In ReviewThis is the fourth episode of our new, weekly entertainment review show, 876-411, which takes a look at all the hot topics in Jamaican music, entertainment and pop culture, hosted by Marc Parc and Jodz.

Tonight’s episode looks at the highlights and lowlights of STING 2013, plus our year in review, looking at the songs, artists and newsmakers that made our entertainment scene interesting in 2013.

For more about 876-411, check out the official Facebook page for more: https://www.facebook.com/RAYKINGlive for more details.

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Wyclef and Ishawna STING 2013

Supercat, Saw, Sizzla and ‘Di Stinga’ highlight intriguing STING 30

Wyclef and Ishawna STING 2013After a night filled with clashes, eye-raising moments and the return of a legend, STING 2013the 30th anniversary of the ‘Greatest Dancehall show on Earth’ on Dec. 26 certainly entertained and provoked thoughts throughout, leaving music lovers with lots of talking points to dissect for a long time coming.

The show, organized by Supreme Promotions andDownsound Records was, in this writer’s opinion, the most intriguing one since 2008 when the rivalry betweenVybz Kartel and Mavado came to a head. Highlights were prevalent and lowlights were evident; here’s a look at some of those performances and moments in thisSTING 30 review.

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Supercat 2013 Dancehall

Super Cat promises memorable performance for Sting 30

Supercat 2013 DancehallWilliam Maragh a.k.a. Super Cat, caught up with Barry G live on air in JamaicaBarry G got Cat live on the phone in New York as he was hanging out with his manager Earlton. Cat started out by acknowledging the greats who had passed on in the form of Bob Marley, Peter Tosh and Garnet Silk, who passed this time in 1994.

The D.J. who also goes by the name ‘Wild Apache’ reminisced about the music and about the role Barry G and David Rodigan played in the music.  He spoke to sharing stage onSting with Ninja Man and others and rising to the occasion.  Super Cat says he will be in Jamaica shortly and alluded to the fact that patrons should look out for his performance on Sting 2013.  This was the DJ’s first interview in Jamaica in a dozen years and when he performs on Boxing day, it will be for the first time in a dozen years.

‘Cat’ released hit singles ‘si boops deh’, ‘cry fi di youth’‘sweets for my sweet’‘dolly my baby’‘wild apache’‘don dadda’ ‘Ghetto red hot’, ‘Dem nuh worry we’ in the late eighties and early nineties.  In 1992 signed to Columbia records, he released the album ‘Don Dadda’ and in 1993 on Sony Music he released ‘the good, the bad, the ugly and the crazy’ with his brother Junior cat, Junior Demus and Nicodemus.

Hardcore and unapologetic, the wild apache ‘Super Cat’ with the mic as his tool and the stage as his school, is sometimes conscious, militant to a fault and 100% controversial.

The DJ who appeared on Killamanjaro back in the day, was featured on the remix of “Jump” with Kriss Kross in 1992 and also collaborated with them in 1993 for their song “It’s Alright”. Those hits made Super Cat the Source magazine dance hall artist of the year in 1993.  He was also an early collaborator with a then unknown rapper born of Jamaican parents, Notorious B.I.G. featured with Mary J. Blige, 3rd Eye and Puff Daddy on the B-side remix of “Dolly My Baby” in 1993, three years before ‘Biggie’ would make it to Sting 1996.

His version of Fats Domino’s “My Girl Josephine”, performed with Jack Radics was included in the soundtrack to the film Pret-a-Porter in 1994.  In 1997 Cat was featured on the number one hit “Fly” by Sugar Ray on their platinum album Floored.  Super Catcollaborated with India Arie on her hit song “Video” in 2001, and with Jadakiss and the Neptunes on “The Don Of Dons” in 2003. Also in 2003, he collaborated with 112 for their song “Na Na Na Na.”  Following the death of his long time road manager Fred ‘The Thunder’ Donner in 2004, Super Cat released a multi-cd tribute album featuring Yami Bolo, Michael Prophet, Linval Thompson, Nadine Sutherland, Sizzla and others.

Super Cat performed at Madison Square Garden with other Sting performers Mark Myrie a.k.a. Buju Banton and Barrington Levy. Cat also headlined the ‘Best of the Best’ concert in Miami in 2008, with Assassin, Etana, Barrington LevyBuju Banton, Junior Reid, Tony Matterhorn, Sizzla and Beenie Man.

Last year, his song “Dance Inna New York” was sampled for Nas‘ single “The Don“, from the rapper’s album Life Is Good, with Cat adding vocals to the hook. Super Cat made a surprise appearance at Massive B‘s concert in September this year and in the same week, a mix of his work with The Neptunes label was released to the internet.

This year the Greatest One Night Reggae Dancehall Show on earth celebrates 30 years. This Boxing Day, December 26th , 2013, He’s Bringing the Sting to JamWorld PortMore, at a build Jamaica, buy Jamaica event, endorsed by the JTB. Be a Part of Jamaican music history. Come to the venue or Get it Pay-Per-View. Log on to www.ReggaeSting.com orwww.Facebook.com/reggaestingja for more information.

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Supercat 2013

Supercat, 2 Chainz reportedly set to headline 30th anniversary of STING

Supercat 2013A little over two months from the 30th anniversary of STING, organizers of the highly-anticipated stage show have confirmed the return of one of its all-time great performers while securing the services of a popular overseas artist, according to reports Thursday.

Supercat, known for being one of Dancehall’s supreme acts in the 1990s, will return to STINGfor his first performance in Jamaica for many years. It was at STING, in part, where the self-professed ‘Don Dada’ made a name for himself as one of genre’s elite, taking part in a legendary clash with fellow Dancehall icon, Ninja Man at the 1991 edition of the show.

Additionally, American rap star, 2 Chainz will be at STING 2013, making him the first major international act to perform at the event. Formerly known as Tity Boi from the group Playaz Circle, the dreadlocked rapper is known for songs such as No Lie feat. Drake, Birthday Song feat.Kanye West and I’m Different.

Since its inception in December 1984, STING has become renowned for strong performances by some of Jamaica’s headline acts as well as a few classic lyrical clashes, including Beenie Man vs. Bounty Killer in 1993, STING 2000’s clash which saw Merciless take on Beenie, Bounty and Ninja Man as well as the controversial battle between Vybz Kartel and Mavado in 2008.

STING promoter, Isaiah Laing has promised many top-of-the-line acts for this year’s anniversary show, slated for Boxing Day (December 26) at Jamworld in Portmore, St. Catherine.

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Sean Paul 2012

Sean Paul hopes to work with Dancehall legends, happy with album success

Internationally acclaimed Dancehall superstar, Sean Paul has been thriving once more since the release of his fifth studio album, Tomahawk Technique this past January.

Despite facing criticisms from his Jamaican fans regarding the variety of sounds that the prominent deejay has experimented with on the compilation, Sean Paul has garnered top ten appeal for Tomahawk Technique across Europe while leading the Japanese iTunes charts with his latest effort. Additionally, the album’s third single, Hold On hails as one of the theme songs for Jamaican athletes ahead of this summer’s Olympic Games in London, England.

In a recent interview with Global Grind, Sean Paul opened up about why he branded his latest album with such a name and the inspiration behind it vast number of sounds.

“I call it Tomahawk Technique because I think it’s cutting-edge, as to what dancehall can offer to the world right now. I’ve been very successful with dancehall music and the production that I’ve had from Jamaica, throughout the world. At this point in time, I just feel the need to expand a little bit. The inspiration was to have dancehall produced by people who do not produce dancehall all the time—pop producers, R&B producers, dance music producers—and see how it would sound. I expand the sound, sounding a little bit more pop, a little more dance-oriented. That’s what is happening on this album right now. That was the focus, and that was what I was trying to achieve. I think I did! I think it sounds pretty cool, and I think people should like a couple of the songs on there. Pretty hot stuff!”  he said.

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Jamaican rap star, Heavy D dead at 44

Jamaican-born rap superstar, Dwight Arrington Myers, more popularly known as Heavy D, passed away at the tender age of 44 on Tuesday.

According to TMZ.com, a 911 call was placed from Heavy D’s Beverly Hills residence at 11:25 a.m. When help arrived at the home, Heavy D was rushed to a Los Angeles hospital in California at around noon; reportedly conscious and speaking. However, the prominent rapper died on arrival.

Law enforcement officials are investigating the death; telling TMZ that there is no suspicion of foul play.

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Throwback Video - Super Cat and Ninja Man Clash at Sting.
Hands down , one of the best clashes ever ...see for your self

Throwback Video – Super Cat and Ninja Man Clash at Sting

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